Reeves - Therapist Competencies and Counselling Skills

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A n I n t ro d u ct I o n to c o u n s e l l I n g A n d P syc h ot h e r A Py 22 Discussion questions 1. By what means do you assess your competence to work as a counsellor or psychotherapist? 2. What personal qualities do you have that contribute to your ability to develop relationships? 3. How might you know if your capacity to work and thus your competence as a therapist was impaired? SUMMARY This chapter has considered the use of skills in the therapeutic relationship, in particular a range of skills that are used broadly across most therapeutic modalities (with greater and less emphasis in some, than others). In doing so we have considered short dialogic vignettes to illustrate those skills 'in action'. However, it is difficult to look at skills in isolation, without also considering therapist qualities and competencies. Further Resources Culley, S. and Bond, T. (2011) Integrative Counselling Skills in Action: 3rd Edition. London: Sage. Geldard, K. and Geldard, D. (2005) Practice Counselling Skills: An Integrative Approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. McLeod, J. (2007) Counselling Skill. London: Open University Press. The full competency framework list can be accessed here: research-groups/core/competence-frameworks. Online Resources Go to to access journal articles, further reading and case studies, and to watch these videos… X The Aims of Counselling Skills to learn how to use counselling skills with a client, and to evaluate why you are using a particular skill at a particular point in the counselling. X Asking Open-Ended Questions, Empathy, Reflecting, Paraphrasing, Summarising, Active Listening, and more, to see these counselling skills in action. … then tackle the video questions on the Online Resources site to help consolidate your learning.

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